Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Well, here we go again... different year, different scare. We've hid under our beds and kept our hands clean from Swine influenza, Mad cow disease, Avian influenza, and now Ebola. It seems we're always watching out for the boogeyman diseases that are waiting just around the corner. Why is nature trying so hard to kill us? What did we ever do to you, nature?
HAHAHAH--*cough* ahem. Lots of bad things. Terrible lots. But that's another story.
Now there's nothing wrong with being aware and prepared, but I believe we can all agree that mainstream media appears to have an agenda that goes beyond that. What I've seen portrayed in certain programs has been nothing short of a term I'd like to introduce you to if you haven't heard it already-- fear porn. Please note, I disagree with Urban Dictionary's definition of this. I believe this is a term best used to describe certain information some of society consumes due to its addiction to being afraid. How else would you explain consuming this garbage-tier information day in and day out?
I'd just like to say to everyone don't believe everything you see and hear on TV. I've seen very convincing evidence of news footage being faked in regards to Ebola, I won't post it here but you can search for it on Youtube.
I don't think there's a rational reason why mainstream media would want to keep us afraid in this particular case, aside from discouraging us from actually traveling to Africa and catching it, but Ebola does make a great distraction from all of the other more important issues that need addressing in the world. According to my research, Ebola has killed a recorded total number of around 5,000 people with actual figures estimated to be around 15,000. Seasonal influenza (that's right, the common flu) has killed more people during some of the worse years between the 1976-1977 and 2006-2007 flu seasons. At its worst, influenza has killed about 49,000 people in a year.
As of October 29th, the World Health Organization announced that the rate of new infections in Liberia is declining.
This post's purpose isn't to make a joke of something serious, rest in peace to all the people who have died from Ebola, and the internet's collective round of applause to the doctors fighting the disease. However, interestingly to me a joke HAS been made of this disease and certain online communities have been referring to Ebola as Ebola-chan*, pictured above. I don't know exactly what this says about the human psyche, so make your own assumptions.
May Ebola-chan smile upon you and spare you from her eternal embrace.
*-chan is a Japanese honorific for all of you uncultured swine.